I was hoping I wasn’t going to have to say this…but I noticed a kind of disturbing trend with the comments on the last post.
It seems….GASP!…..that “reality” is attempting to intrude into my fiction blog!
There, there. Reality can’t get us in here, as long as we all work together.
Listen, folks. I totally understand how people can have the urge to try and relate some of the things I’m talking about here to their own lives and/or medical problems.
But I’d like to reiterate:
THIS BLOG IS ABOUT FICTIONAL MEDICINE.
No one’s body actually works 100% like I say it does on this blog. So the concepts I’m talking about are very, VERY generalized and simplified. That’s why it makes me really nervous when people get any medical information from the internet. Not only is some of it inaccurate, most of it is misleading. Just because SOME people’s bodies work in a certain way, it doesn’t mean YOURS does. A ubiquitous saying among clinical instructors is, “patients don’t read the textbooks”. That is to say, people’s bodies don’t all act in the same ways. All we can do is generalize, and hope to whatever deity one chooses to believe in that the basic concepts hold.
They rarely ever hold.
That’s why there are doctors: they are professional pattern-finders playing with really, REALLY fuzzy data.
And that’s why I’m only writing about medicine as it relates to fiction only. Fiction is also very generalized and simplified. And that’s why the stuff I’m talking about can work for fictional situations.
But it doesn’t work for the real world. It’s just not real enough.
But regardless, I recently found myself trying to correct people’s misconceptions about their own medical conditions as they related to one of my blog posts.
This is really, really a dangerous place for me to be, both professionally and intentionally. Professionally because no one can give accurate medical advice over the internet, and intentionally because this blog is supposed to be about USING MEDICINE IN FICTION ONLY.
I’m scared that while I’m not looking, this will turn into a medical blog instead of a writers’ resource.
As much as I adore it when people comment on the blog, and as much as I enjoy listening to you guys talk to each other about the things I’ve put out for consideration….. I’m going to need to lay down a bit of a law.
From here on out, I’m going to delete any comment that has anything to do with anyone’s real-world medical condition. Even if the comment talks about the relating post in a way that is meant to illustrate understanding of the topic (which is what most of these comments seem to be.)
But it’s still important to me to make sure that we’re all talking about WRITING, not necessarily MEDICINE. (I will still be a total hypocrite and occasionally post stories and musings about my experiences as a new doctor, but that’s mostly because I use those posts as a writing-and-sometimes-therapy exercise. And I’ve been told people enjoy those posts.)
So, despite the fact that I’m going to be a hypocrite, please try to refrain from discussing real life in the comments section.
Please still visit the comments section.
Please still talk about the concepts.
But please, please, PLEASE let me keep this blog SOLELY in the realm of fiction!
Thanks so much for understanding, and I’m sorry to be obnoxious about this.
You guys make my day, just about every day. When I’m having a bad day, sometimes just seeing that there’s a new comment to read can be enough to turn my mood around. So I really, really hope that my new policy doesn’t have a chilling effect on the comments thread.
I just have to do this.
Because no one should ever get their medical advice from the internet. Ever.
And yes, that includes the Imaginary Friends blog.
Don’t you dare trust your health to a single word I write.
I’m going to stop babbling now.
Thanks for listening.